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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Mr. Buffett

Had a fabulous time this weekend with my nephew and his entourage. Went hiking with the dogs, shopping, and had lots of good eats. The highlight of the adventure was probably our trip to Cheeseburger in Paradise. It's Jimmy Buffett's chain restaurant nestled in the Village West shopping district.

The six of us roll in at noon, and almost immediately get a seat at the bar. It's important to note, that my niece and nephew, now belly up to the bar, are both 20 months old. What do you do with a couple of toddlers in island paradise? You order Strawberry Daiquiris of course! If SRS could see us now.

The fun was not to stop there. They had hired a new bartender, and our bartender was seeing to her training. Part of that training includes the pouring and throwing of beer. She would fill up a 22 oz mug of Bud and slide a coaster over the top. The coaster would create a partial seal 'locking' the beer in the mug. She then would throw the glass about 10 feet across the bar to our waiting bartender. He would catch the mug without a drop spilled, at least that's how it happened the first time.

The second throw went a little crooked, so when he caught it the beer splashed a bit onto the floor. The third attempt was amazing. She threw the mug, and it cartwheeled slowly through the air. I kid you not, it did a complete flip before being caught without spilling. Needless to say the bar was pretty ecstatic with the performance, and the new bartender was feeling a bit cocky.

Time for the 4th throw. Practice makes perfect, so she is going to attempt the flip. The bar holds its breathe. She tosses the beer, and it begins the slow rotation. About half way through the coaster comes off. Our bartender catches the mug. The beer, now free from its frosty prison, lands squarely on him. Mmmmmmmm, sticky.

Between the daiquiris, great food, the bartender's antics, and the live music (forgot to mention that) it was a hell of a good time.


Blogger Dena Marie said...

Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun!

7/18/2006 2:46 PM  

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